Canada: Trudeau names indigenous leader Mary Simon governor general in “historic” first

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Canadian Prime Minister has named Mary Simon as governor general, the first indigenous person to hold the post. The former diplomat and advocate for Inuit rights will represent Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II. The announcement comes nearly six months after the former governor general, Julie Payette, resigned amid accusations of bullying. While the role is largely ceremonial, the governor general presides over important state duties. Ms Simon’s appointment follows a national reckoning over Canada’s legacy of residential schools. These government-funded boarding schools were part of policy to attempt to assimilate indigenous children and roll back indigenous cultures and languages. In the past two months, hundreds of unmarked graves, believed to belong to former residential school students, have been found.” (07/06/21)